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of connecticut to be united states district judge. the presiding officer: the senator from vermont is recognized. mr. leahy: madam president, the senate is finally being allowed to vote today on the nomination of michael shea to be a district judge in the united states district court for district -- the district of connecticut. it has taken a long time for this day to come but he will be confirmed, and i congratulate him and his family on his confirmation and i congratulate the two senators from connecticut for finally having this come to a vote. i mention this not to urge that we confirm him because we will and i will very proudly vote for him, but michael shea is another nominee whose nomination was stalled for months for no good reason. the judiciary committee and the distinguished presiding officer serves on that committee will call we gave his nomination strong bipartisan support, more than seven months ago. he has the support of both home state senators, both senator lieberman and senator blumenthal. he has significant litigation experience. he is a graduate of yale law school. he clerked
? >> the puerto rican voters in new jersey, new york, connecticut, massachusetts are a very -- they're among the most liberal democratic voters there are. they voted for obama 80, 90%. they were the most vocal democratic constituency opposed to the war in iraq in 2003. veryn, they're a distinctive part of our political landscape. they're not going to change. latino democrats in coastal california, it's just really hard to see where you get -- republicans can hope to get more than 25 or 30% out of that big chunk. in the rio grande valley in texas, in chicago and its suburbs you're starting to talk -- it starts to add up. i think in cuba a new dynamic has set in. i think obama's opening of travel to cuba has totally changed the game for the way cubans think about it. so you're talking about large chunks of this electorate that are solidly democratic and there's a solid base there, so the game has been and will continue to be about a fairly small margin of this electorate in key places. >> okay. >> i'll do these as quickly as i can. i'm still enjoying what happened in november of 2012 to think
shooter at sandy hook elementary school in you intown, connecticut. it's heartbreaking to listen to the stories of innocent lives cut cruelly short. the pain and grief of the families and friends of these students and teachers are unimaginable. i just want to echo some of the comments that senator durbin made and senator leahy made. we know that the teachers and the aides put their life on the line in order to try to save children. the unbelievable task of the first responders coming to the scene, not knowing what they would find, we send our prayers to all. this is a tragedy beyond words, and i think president obama said it best last night that our hearts are broken. but as senator durbin has said and senator leahy, i particularly want to thank you, we need to take action. congress needs to come together and take action to protect the safety of our children. we must do better. there have been too many episodes in which children's lives and others have been lost that we must figure out ways to do things, to act to prevent these types of tragedies. this conversation must include a
and in connecticut and not just this disaster but going back to 2011 and the catastrophe that connecticut suffered when you personally contacted me and offered assistance. i want the people to know that they have a real friend in the senator of louisiana. your leadership has been tremendous in this area. i want to briefly say thank you to the president for providing the strong leadership that he has in the wake of this disaster in connecticut. he prompely declared connecticut an emergency area and that permitted the s.p.a. to come along along with fema and the people on the ground that have been there for quite some time, many of the fema officials in advance of the storm. unfortunately, many of these recent storms and their scope and depth and the devastation they cause that we may face a new normal in this kind of catastrophic weather-related event. we need to prepare in the longer term as well as the short term that why the suggests made early this morning and other improvements will be made are so critically important. i think you need to know that the connecticut s.p.a. office has approved $6
are expected to persist and be nasty in connecticut and massachusetts and rhode island. they're dealing with rain and wind as well and with the evening commute just ahead of us, black ice is a major concern. >> if there's any doubt you can't maneuver a roadway or you feel it's unsafe, stay home or don't go anywhere. >> reporter: we have seen salt trucks on the may thoroughfares and salt trucks working in tandem. >> i've lost count of the number of cars in the ditch. a jackknifed tractor-trailer, a horse trailer turned over. so people are not really driving slow enough for the conditions. >> reporter: already more than 600 flights have been canceled today. 1600 flights canceled yesterday and delays in new york, laguardia and jfk and newark, new jersey under delays of 90 minutes or less. iana know you wanted me to make a snowball for you. this is a pretty hard one already made for me. i'm diagnose. >> i saw your snowball earlier. you can do better than that next time. >> just fell apart before the conditions got a little bit nastier. it's a winter wonderland. a ski resort in vermont repor
and work at these nonprofits. it is an economic generator in this town. host: jim from connecticut, republican line. caller: i have two questions. first, if there is no agreement by the december 31st deadline, can the congress act in such a way that any change in the law would be retroactive to january 1, 2013? do you believe the congress will consider solving for the individual taxpayer instead of the lobbyists? how do we get that turned around? guest: my answer to the upper question now, whether or not they can retroactively take on some of these issues so they do not pass it they can go on in postdate, that is something that have done quite often in terms of tax extensions in different bills where they will pass in february but it will be effective until january. host: industries benefiting most from this issue in terms of lobbying against sequestration in this issue of the fiscal cliff. education, health care, civil service and public officials. our last call joining us from buffalo, new york, good morning. caller: are you there? host: please, go ahead. caller: i am 21 years ol
voters in new jersey, new york, connecticut, massachusetts are among the most liberal democratic voters there are. they voted for obama 80, 90%. they were with the most vocal democratic constituency of host to the war in iraq in 2003. they are just -- they are a very distinctive part of our political landscape. they are not krin to change. latino democrats and california it's just really hard to see where you get to republicans that hope to get more than 25 or 30% of that big chunk. in the rio grande from the in texas and in chicago in its suburbs. i think in cuba of the new dynamic has started opening travel to cuba has totally changed the game for the way the cubans think about it. so if you are talking about large chunks of this electorate that are solidly democratic and there's a solid base for so it has been and will continue to be about eight fairly small margin in the key places. >> i will duties as quickly as i can. i am still wondering what happened in november 2012. it's been a a two word answer to your question, joe biden which is a segue over to your question before my son r
the wealthy but everyone. what it means, frankly, is whether you live in connecticut like the presiding officer or illinois like myself, every family is going to see several things happen automatically. taxes will go up. the payroll tax cut that has helped this economy is going to disappear. unemployment benefits are going to disappear for millions of americans who are searching for work, and many other changes will take place, none of which will be favorable in terms of an economic recovery. i think that we ought to stop and reflect for a moment here on lessons learned. here's what i have learned. if we're going to solve this problem, we need to do two things. we need to be prepared on both sides of the table to give, and that's a hard thing for many people to acknowledge, but we do. we have to be willing to give on both sides of the table. i remember senator reid receiving a letter after the super committee was hard at work coming up with a bipartisan proposal, signed by virtually every senator on the other side of the aisle, said do not include a penny of revenue. that was the end of
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